CCL: D.C. United thwarted in Mexico

D.C. United held Queretaro even for more than an hour, creating several good chances for itself before surrendering two goals and falling, 2-0, in the first leg of their Scotiabank Concacaf Champions League quarterfinal series in Mexico. United finished with a 17-16 edge in shots but had nothing to show for it as it was shut out for the first time in 20 CCL games.

Queretaro keeper Tiago Volpi made saves on Steve Birnbaum, Fabian Espindola and Luciano Acosta in the first half and made a double save on Birnbaum in the 68th minute. The one time Volpi was beaten came in the 61st minute when Taylor Kemp hit crossbar from 25 yards.

Three minutes after Volpi's double save on Birnbaum, Yerson Candelo, a first-half sub for injured Emmanuel Villa, put Los Gallos Blancos ahead with a swerving shot that gave D.C. keeper Andrew Dykstra no chance at the near post. Edgar Benitez added to Queretaro's cushion that it will take next week to RFK Stadium when he scored the second goal in the 83rd minute.

TRIVIA.United has never beaten a Mexican team since the launch of the Concacaf Champions League. Tuesday's defeat left it with four losses and one tie in five games.

Feb. 22 in Queretaro
Queretaro 2 D.C. United 0. Goals: Candelo 71, Benitez 83.
Queretaro -- Volpi; Corral (Coronoa 56), Forlin, Martinez, Bornstein; Jimenez, Dominguez; Sepulveda, Sinha, Benitez; Villa (Candelo 30).
D.C. United -- Dykstra; Franklin, Birnbaum, Boswell, Kemp; Rolfe (Vincent 57), Sarvas, DeLeon, Nyarko, Acosta (Buescher 76); Espindola.

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